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Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki

State Highway 6 30 km north of Haast, Lake Moeraki, Westland Tai Poutini National Park 7842 New Zealand
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Discover wilderness in comfort and style at New Zealand's premier nature lodge. Established by dedicated conservationists, Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki offers an experience like no other. Walk from your room into a natural paradise of ancient rainforest, kayak pristine lakes and explore rugged coastline. Enjoy fresh local food, fine wine, and warm hospitality. Join naturalist guides to discover spectacular wild landscape and search for penguins, seals, and other rare wildlife in the heart of Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Canoeing
Hiking
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Highchairs available
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Wifi
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Restaurant
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Breakfast buffet
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Fishing
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Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
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Picnic area
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State Highway 6 30 km north of Haast, Lake Moeraki, Westland Tai Poutini National Park 7842 New Zealand
Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki
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EvdWRotterdam wrote a review Apr 9
Rotterdam248 contributions97 helpful votes
This was one of the absolute highlights of our 1 month trip through New Zealand. The place is situated in the middle of a natural reserve and prime forest, all within walking distance. The rooms are comfortable and quiet, and well proportioned. Anne and Gerry are perfect hosts, friendly, knowledgable and passionate. Don't miss doing the guided walk with Gerry, as he is an encyclopedia of knowledge, and full of enthusiasm. We only have one regret, we wished we could have stayed longer.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Kia ora EvdWRotterdam, Thanks for your enthusiastic review and for sharing your experience. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your Wilderness Lodge experience. Kind wishes, Anne Saunders and Gerry McSweeney Owner-Managers
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Ryan H wrote a review Apr 3
Los Angeles, California6 contributions9 helpful votes
I loved my stay at the Wilderness Lodge. Upon arrival Anne, the lodge co-owner, gave me a tour of the property, and she and the staff were all extraordinarily pleasant and knew me by name for my entire two night visit. The work that Anne and Gerry have done to protect the rainforest and make it accessible to guests is amazing - I hiked each of the trails multiple times, and Gerry's trail guides made every fern and tree all the more interesting. The two (free) guided walks that Gerry led were highlights of the visit; he is so passionate that I could probably listen to him talk about lichens for an hour. Both the rainforest walk that he led and the glow worm walk were great, and I can't imagine anyone being more enthusiastic about sharing knowledge of this special area. Aside from the rainforest, the lodge itself is excellent. Despite being off the grid the power, internet, hot water and everything else worked as well as you would find in any city hotel. Dinner each night was a delicious three course meal, and breakfast each morning included cooked options as well as fruit and pastries. The room was quiet, in great condition, and extremely comfortable. If I'm ever back in New Zealand I will most definitely return to the Wilderness Lodge. It was a great nature destination, the hosts are both inspiring human beings, and the stay has been a highlight of my trip to New Zealand.
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Date of stay: April 2024Trip type: Traveled solo
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Kia ora Ryanh557, Thanks for your review. It really gives us a buzz to hear our guests describe their visit as a highlight of their New Zealand travels. We hope you can return some day. Kind wishes, Anne Saunders and Gerry McSweeney Owner-Managers
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Russell Greenblatt wrote a review Feb 2024
Chicago, Illinois13 contributions
What a treat! Family of 4 stayed in 2 rooms for 2 nights and enjoyed every minute of it. Several very interesting guided hikes around the property, including a great/informative late-night stroll led by the proprietor (Jerry) to see glow worms, the night sky, etc. Excellent meals, very friendly staff, and very comfortable rooms/facilities. Anne is most helpful in the lodge and coordinated whatever we needed. Highly recommend.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Kia ora RussKeeper2022, Thanks for your recommendation and for sharing a review here. It's great to share our special part of New Zealand with guests from around NZ and further afield. Kind wishes, Anne Saunders and Gerry McSweeney Owner-Managers
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Christine8046 wrote a review Feb 2024
Switzerland56 contributions13 helpful votes
Perfect place on the westcoast of New Zealand. We had the rooms with view of the river, our own terrasse facing the river. Beautiful place. Free washing machines and dryers (very helpful). Cosy living room with large fireplace and lots of books to have a drink and chat. Very very friendly and helpful staff. Ann and Gerry are present and help you. It's all very personel. The tours are great and very interesting.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Room Tip: they over a lot ob gear for trecking in rainy weather boot, coats etc.
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Kia ora Christine8046, Thanks for sharing here on TripAdvisor. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your time with us. Kind wishes, Anne Saunders and Gerry McSweeney Owner-Managers
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Happyhensonja wrote a review Feb 2024
Sydney, Australia105 contributions41 helpful votes
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Absolutely had a fabulous time, so good we didn’t want to leave. Hosts Gerry, Anne and their team are so welcoming. The natural environment is stunning but what sets this place apart is the additional activities enabling guests to learn about the local fauna, flora and history. The food, accommodation and surroundings are all stunning. A must stay for nature lovers, highly recommended.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: We loved having dinner with other travellers, every night we sat with other guests in the lounge...
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Kia ora Happyhensonja, We are pleased to hear that all the elements of your time with us more than met expectations. Our team work hard to make sure all our guests have a very special Wilderness Lodge experience and we do really appreciate the feedback. Kind wishes, Anne Saunders and Gerry McSweeney Owner-Managers
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Adrian W wrote a review Feb 2024
Hertford, United Kingdom246 contributions127 helpful votes
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If I'm absolutely honest, my experience, of Wilderness Lodge was that it was simply the best experience of my time in New Zealand. At the point you arrive you step into a luxury oasis of peace and tranquility where everything is perfect and you can be as organised or relaxed as you want to be. Rather than wax lyrical about the quality of the food, the comfort of the rooms,vthe surrounding environment I'll just wholeheartedly support the reviews of others and say, go there - I defy you to be disappointed!
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Kia ora Adrian, Thanks for sharing your experience with the TripAdvisor community. It is a highlight for us and our team when someone says their time with us was their best New Zealand experience. Thank you and we would be delighted to host you again one day. Kind wishes, Anne Saunders and Gerry McSweeney Owner-Managers
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Bill F wrote a review Jan 2024
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My wife and I stayed at WL-LM in December 2023; thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The proprietors, Anne and Jerry along with the staff (Claire in particular) made us feel welcome the minute we checked in. Like their sister property at Arthurs Pass, this is an environmentally friendly destination - which should be on anyone's list to stay when driving the west coast of the South Island of New Zealand. Numerous on-site hiking options (easy) along with guided outings (kayaking) and star gazing (led by Jerry - a noted eco pioneer) are not to be missed. Dinners were delightful (shared with other guests (if you choose)); rooms were very comfortable and clean. One very nice feature of the lodge was access to a washer and dryer free of charge for guests.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Room Tip: Take advantage of the onsite hiking, and guided tours.
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Kia ora BillfH3555R We are so pleased that you enjoyed your experiences at both Wilderness Lodges. As a family owned and operated business it means a lot to us when we can share our special parts of the South Island with folk from around NZ and further afield. Kind wishes, Anne Saunders and Gerry McSweeney Owner-Managers
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azmichaelwills wrote a review Dec 2023
Scottsdale, Arizona5 contributions
This place is was the perfect stop on our three week trip. The staff and owners are incredibly friendly and full of knowledge not just about the area but all of New Zealand! The activities available are fun and a great way to get out and about in the area. The rooms are spotless and very comfortable and the food was all top notch!
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Room Tip: There is plenty of time to relax so make sure to engage in their activities!
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Kia ora Azmichaelwills We appreciate you taking the time to post a review and are glad you enjoyed your time with us at Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki. Kind wishes, Anne Saunders and Gerry McSweeney Owner-Managers
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CeyGo wrote a review Dec 2023
Toronto26 contributions4 helpful votes
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I went to Lake Moeraki Wildnerss lodge to view the fiord crested penguins . Although it was the end of the season for viewing , i still had a great experience on the penguin viewing tour . There are many walking / hiking tours you can also do on your own while there I stayed 3 days / 4 nights - it probably could have been a day shorter ( I’m really not much of a hiker unless there are penguins involved ) but I had booked around the availability of busses from Queenstown The owners and staff were all very friendly and knowledgeable The food was quite good with variety of options depending on dietary restrictions.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Traveled solo
Room Tip: Beware of the sandflies .. they are awful . I had deet but my hands still got eaten and the it...
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Kia ora Hrhe, Thanks for sharing your experience. We're pleased to hear you enjoyed your time at the lodge, the food and your Tawaki Penguin experience. Kind wishes, Anne Saunders and Gerry McSweeney Owner-Managers
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Spottypottamous wrote a review Dec 2023
Kanab, Utah58 contributions12 helpful votes
Perfect! Lovely. Wonderful! Excellent! Would return. Nice beds, lovely river view, good breakfast, cooked to order, fruit of choice available, nice wine. I went for the penguin-viewing and they delivered. There is a fee because a guide is required, but you see penguins at a private and remote location. I love this place. Kudos to the owners, Gerry and Anne. What a superb facility they have developed. Victoria
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Room Tip: Go on every nature walk offered. Guides, Claire and James are friendly, smart, kind and helpful....
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Responded Dec 8, 2023
Kia ora Victoria, Thanks so much for sharing a review here. We appreciate hearing how much you enjoyed your time with us, the hospitality and the guided nature activities. Kind wishes, Anned Saunders and Gerry McSweeney Owner-Managers
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Frequently Asked Questions about Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki
Which popular attractions are close to Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki?
Nearby attractions include Knights Point Lookout (1.1 miles) and Monro Beach (0.05 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Is Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.07 miles away from the center of Lake Moeraki.
Are any cleaning services offered at Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki?
Yes, self serve laundry and a clothes dryer are offered to guests.
Does Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and conference facilities during their stay.
Does Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.
Is Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.